Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Your Basic New Year's BANG!

Work by yours truly turned up on a couple of "best of the year" lists. First off, Stomping On Yeti chose Lesser Demons as a noteworthy short story collection, comparing my work to my buddy Laird Barron's thusly: "The yin to Barron's yang, Norman Partridge's horror is less literary and more raw. If Barron is the football player who studies the finest QBs and demonstrates text book mechanics, Partridge is the pure gamer, the kind that learned the game in the vacant lot, the kid that beats the odds time after time. His fiction is pulpy and raw, full of overambitious simile and metaphor that shouldn't work but always does. He writes about sheriffs and soldiers, the kind of hard-nosed men who do what needs to be done because, hell, someone has to do it."

To top that off, Blu Gilliand of Examiner.com fame chose Lesser Demons as his favorite book of the year, while my Cemetery Dance collection, Johnny Halloween, clocked in at number five on his Top Ten list. Even better than that is the fine company of writers I'm rubbing shoulders with on Blu's list: Stephen King, Joe Lansdale, Tim Lebbon, and my good buddy Tom Piccirilli.

But wait, there's more: Blu's also started what promises to be a great blog on all things horror called The October Country. Click on over and check it out. You'll be glad you did.